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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 7, 2013 1:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Zappa And The Dead

Been a huge Zappa fan for a long time and consider "You Are What You Is" one of the greatest, most underrated rock albums of all time. FZ was also a brilliant guitarist and while I have no direct knowledge of it or info I would like to believe that both he and Garcia were at the very least aware of each others' body of work and respected each other as top-notch guitarists.

Lucky enough to see Zappa once, live, in 1988 at Tulane Univ. and the show was among the best live concerts I've ever seen. This was during the tour where they would often encore with "Whipping Post" and it was simply electrifying.

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Poster: Secretdiva Date: Mar 7, 2013 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Zappa And The Dead

Lucky indeed! Zappa was the best or perhaps the only one who did what he did. I too was extremely lucky to find myself in the best band I ever heard. When the Mothers jammed it took you to levels unparalleled in my experience.
As far as what he or Garcia thought of each other, I never heard either of them speak of each other. Of course, I spent a lot more time with Frank than with Jerry Garcia so I can't really speak for Jerry. Their approach to music was entirely different. They were like opposite sides of a coin who can't observe the other side. They were probably both too self absorbed to think much about each other.